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2013–14 Estimates – Performance Report

New Legislation

Legislation Enacted

Bills C-48 and C-419 received Royal Assent on June 26, 2013.

Bill Details and Impact
C-48 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act, the Excise Tax Act, the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act, the First Nations Goods and Services Tax Act and related legislation In relevant part, this bill amends the Income Tax Act with respect to the income tax treatment of political contributions. The amendments create a distinction as to the meaning of a "contribution" for purposes of the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act. In addition, Bill C-48 amends provisions of the Income Tax Regulations regulating the form and substance of income tax receipts issued with respect to political contributions.
C-419 An Act respecting language skills This bill requires that all agents of Parliament understand and express themselves clearly in both official languages.

Legislation Before Parliament

At the end of 201314, one government bill with an impact on Elections Canada's affairs was before Parliament. Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act, received Royal Assent in June 2014 and significantly impacts many aspects of Elections Canada's operations.

Sixteen private members' bills and one Senate public bill before the House of Commons and Senate may have an impact on Elections Canada's affairs. Several of the private members' bills were introduced in the preceding parliamentary session and continued the legislative process in the present session.

Bill Details and Impact
Government bills The Fair Elections Act (Bill C-23) makes substantial amendments to the Canada Elections Act affecting most areas of Elections Canada's operations, including electoral operations and political financing. The Fair Elections Act moves the Commissioner of Canada Elections to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Bill C-23 received Royal Assent on June 19, 2014.
Private members' bills and Senate public bills Nine private members' bills propose amendments to the Canada Elections Act: Bill C-355 and Bill C-450, changing voting hours; Bill C-368, lowering the voting age; Bill C-453, prohibiting fraudulent voice mail transmissions; Bill C-503, requiring that nomination papers be signed by executives of the candidate's electoral district association; Bill C-524, requiring election advertising taglines outside election periods; Bill C-559 and C-586, amending the candidate nomination process; and Bill C-575, allowing all Canadian citizens to vote in a federal election, regardless of their place of residence.

A private member's bill (C-396) would amend the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act to ensure that Northern Ontario maintains a minimum of 10 electoral districts. Three other private members' bills (C-209, C-226 and C-332) propose changes to the names of electoral districts.

A private member's bill (C-470) would require the Government of Canada to negotiate with Quebec if that province's electors vote in favour of a constitutional change in a referendum.

A private member's bill (C-210) would amend the Parliament of Canada Act to trigger a by-election when an MP changes political parties (if elected as a member of another party) or joins a party (if elected as an independent).

A private member's bill (C-520) affects all agents of Parliament, including the Chief Electoral Officer. It provides that agents and their staff behave in a non-partisan manner and make public any past partisan activities.

A Senate public bill (S-215) would amend the Canada Elections Act to extend the limits on election expenses to pre-election advertising expenses in the three-month period prior to an election period.